Younger London SOS: £100ok increase to our marketing campaign tackling youngster psychological well being


Place2Be, the UK’s leading provider of therapeutic advice in schools, has donated over £ 100,000 to our Young London SOS appeal. This is an alarming sign that the mental health problems of teenagers in London are worsening.

A survey of 500 teachers in the capital found that one in four children currently has mental health problems, up from the sixth reported by NHS Digital in July last year.

The study, conducted in December by the Teenage Mental Health Charity4, also reports the shocking statistic that one in five teachers in London has “seen a student behave in a suicidal manner” and six in ten said they fear ” Harm to students waiting for psychological treatment during the pandemic ”.

The standard’s initiative aims to help young people early on by funding more Place2Be counselors to help a greater number of children in more London schools. The £ 100,000 received brings the total raised since we launched last month to £ 133,000. This includes a gift of £ 33,000 from the QBE Foundation, the non-profit arm of QBE Business Insurance, and £ 50,000 from an anonymous philanthropist moved by our “Inspirational, Eye-Opening Campaign”.

Other major donors include Mark and Mo Constantine, co-founders of Lush Cosmetics, who donated £ 10,000. This is on top of a £ 33,000 grant from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund to fuel our vocation. Every £ 100 donated will support a vulnerable child for one year, while £ 33,000 could cover a full school service.

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Grant Clemence, Chair of the QBE Foundation, said, “It is incredibly important to give support to children to achieve their ambitions, especially at a time when so many young people are going through unprecedented upheaval. Through our charitable foundation, we are grateful for the opportunity to support the Evening Standard and Place2Be’s Young London SOS initiative to make a significant difference in children’s mental health and personal resilience. “

Lushs Mo Constantine said, “This is a critical time for all young people, and this is all the more true as the number of jobs is declining, schooling is curtailing and time at home is being enforced. Reasons like these should be welcomed in order to improve the future of young people. ”

Lush has set up its own £ 250,000 Whole Fund to provide small grants to support grassroots groups focused on mental health and wellbeing around the world.

Evening Standard launches Young London SOS mental health campaign

Dr. Nihara Krause, consultant clinical psychologist and founder of stem4, said, “Our teacher survey suggests that the NHS Digital’s official figure that one in six five- to sixteen-year-olds has a likely mental disorder is underrepresenting what’s going on. If the government is serious about turning the tide of mental health on this generation, it must take urgent action. What young people need is access to evidence-based services at all levels, from early prevention to competent NHS help. “

She added that a third of teachers surveyed said their referrals to child and adolescent mental health services were routinely declined because they did not meet severity levels. The teachers also reported that 30 percent of students admitted to treatment had been on waiting lists for nine weeks or more. Half of them described the existing health and social services for students with mental health problems as “very or extremely inadequate”.

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